Entertainment / Arts

State Literary Awards Ceremony under President’s patronage

Views - 4 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The State Literary Awards Ceremony, an occasion to give due accolade to the literati who enrich the field of literature in Sri Lanka with their creations, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre last


Fairway National Literary Awards 2017 shortlist announced!

Views - 7 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The shortlist for the third Fairway National Literary Awards was announced recently at a gathering well attended by academics, literary enthusiasts and the media. The judges – all eminent persons in their respective fields – chose a total of 13 n


World’s biggest book sale in Sri Lanka for first time

Views - 14 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will be in Sri Lanka from 5 to 15 October. The world’s biggest book sale will be held at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC). The event is supported by the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka.


Two first-time authors make Man Booker Prize shortlist

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London (Reuters): Two first-time female authors feature on the 2017 Man Booker Prize fiction shortlist which comprises three women and three men including best-selling US writer Paul Auster.


American horror film ‘Mother!’ in three cinemas from today

Views - 5 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The American horror film ‘Mother!’ will be released today in Liberty by Scope, Arena, Katugasthota and Sky Lite Malabe.


Cine City first with Dolby Atmos sound in Sri Lanka

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Cine City has opened to the general public with a glamorous new look, by adding the latest sound system of the digital family – the Dolby Atmos


Moratuwa YMCA conducts United Christian singing concert 2017

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The annual Christian singing concert was organised and conducted by the YMCA of Moratuwa for the fifth time at its main hall on 9 September.


‘Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes?’

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A special signing ceremony of the book ‘Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes?’ the fascinating autobiography of Desmond de Silva QC and his life in the law, from the arrest of Charles Taylor for war crimes in Sierra Leone,


Ready to savour Annasi and Kadalagotu this year?

Views - 4 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Last year we saw a ‘giraya’ yielding Lucy Hami glowering at Sherlock Holmes as Nasrudin looked on, while Thenali, Tom and Jinna worked together to get the ‘Water Horse’ back in motion.


Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017

Views - 5 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017, the multidisciplinary arts festival, was successfully held in Colombwo for the third consecutive year by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts. Here are some highlights


Roots of inspiration art exhibition

Views - 2 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

An art exhibition titled ‘Roots of inspiration’ by Ajith Susantha will be held from 14 September to 18 October at Paradise Road The Gallery Café.


ESCAPE: A drama on the issue of child sexual abuse in Sri Lanka

Views - 7 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

LEADS, a national NGO operational since 1978, has been devoted to rehabilitating child survivors and addressing the structural issues that obstruct proper child protection in Sri Lanka.


Bernadeen Silva Memorial Art Competition 2017

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Children between the ages of 16-19 years are invited to submit their artwork for an art competition held in remembrance of the late Bernadeen Silva who is well-known for her extensive contribution to the civil society and her commitment to issues suc


‘The Power of One’ from the cast of ‘Rag’!

Views - 9 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

The internationally-acclaimed theatre troupe CentreStage Productions initiated a series of volunteer workshops on the issue of ragging and bullying, titled ‘The Power of One’.


Zhenya Strigalev plays jazz at The Sooriya Village

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In line with The Sooriya Village vision of bridging the space between true artistry and the general public, they bring you the famed London based Russian jazz musician Zhenya Strigalev who will be playing live at The Sooriya Village on 16 September f


Japanese Cultural Exhibition 2017

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A Japanese Cultural Exhibition will be held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, Colombo 03, on 9 and 10 September.


‘Indo-Lanka Hindi Sammelan’ on the occasion of Hindi Diwas 2017

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On the occasion of Hindi Diwas 2017 the Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo is organising a one-day conference ‘Indo-Lanka Hindi Sammelan’ in collaboration with the Hindi Department of the University of Kelaniya on 13 Septem


‘Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes?’ book signing today by Desmond de Silva QC

Views - 5 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

‘Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes?’ is the fascinating autobiography of Desmond de Silva QC and his life in the law, from the arrest of Charles Taylor for war crimes in Sierra Leone, to defending household names such as John Terry, via murder, celeb


Edward Lear Prize for Poetry, Sri Lanka

Views - 7 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

Owl and the Pussycat Hotel have announced their invitation to aspiring poets and writers to participate once again in the above poetry competition which they have pledged for 10 years.


‘American Assassin’: Spy thriller to watch out for at Majestic and Empire Cineplex!

Views - 7 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

‘American Assassin’ is an upcoming action thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, based on Vince Flynn‘s 2010 novel of the same name.


Sri Lanka celebrates Mexico National Day

Views - 4 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

‘Diego and Frida – A Smile in the Middle of the Way’, exhibition honoured two of the most iconic and significant Mexican artists of the 20th century, to mark Mexico National Day in Sri Lanka.


Creative Activities for Children by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House

Views - 4 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as Somalatha Subasinghe Play House commences its next session of ‘Creative Activities for Children’ program on 9 September.


All-new Dialog TV ViU HUB goes live

Views - 20 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

For the first time in Sri Lanka, Dialog Television has introduced a state-of-the-art all-in-one media and satellite decoder with Wi-Fi connectivity, the Dialog TV ViU HUB.


President lays foundation stone for ‘Pandith Amaradeva Sangeetha Asapuwa’

Views - 7 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

The foundation stone laying ceremony of the ‘Pandith Amaradeva Sangeetha Asapuwa’ was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Ape Gama premises on Monday.


Art in The Village is the Official Fringe Festival for COINS!

Views - 9 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Art in The Village, the monthly movie screening at The Sooriya Village, is back for a fourth time, this time as the Official Fringe Festival of the COINS Film Festival and with ‘Hanthane Kathawa’ on Sunday, 3 September 6:30 p.m. onwards at No. 49


Pay TV expert joins iflix as Head of Asia

Views - 2 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, yesterday announced the appointment of Pay Television expert, global media executive Jonas Engwall as iflix’sHead of Asia.


Classical dance show Madurai Meenakshi on 5 Sept.

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Madurai Meenakshi, a classical dance recital depicting the story of Goddess Meenakshi, will be performed by the artistes of Natya Kala Mandhir, Colombo


Taylor Swift’s new music video makes biggest YouTube debut ever

Views - 6 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters): Taylor Swift’s vengeful new music video “Look What You Made Me Do,” is smashing records on YouTube, garnering more than 43 million views in its first 24 hours of release.


Fairway National Literary Awards 2017 – Shortlist out today

Views - 22 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:52

The Shortlist for the third Fairway National Literary Awards will be announced on 31 August. These awards – the most lucrative literary awards presently on offer in Sri Lanka – are presented annually to the best novels published in Sri Lanka in E


Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 brings the city alive

Views - 14 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

The city’s most anticipated multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival, Cinnamon Colomboscope, launched its 2017 edition with a powerful message and an impressive mix of works from local and international artists.


Today's Columnists

Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The other day the President and Prime Minister launched the 2025 vision for Sri Lanka which was incidentally the third policy statement of the Government since coming to power in 2015. My view is that the continuous changes to policy is important and


Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The picture says it all. The ‘Silredi Sirakaruwan Mudaganime Aramudala’ was not demonstration of piety. It was a bold repudiation of the rule of law by a cabal of venerable villains, brazenly insisting that we Sinhala Buddhists submit to a rule b


Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

At the ongoing September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice becaus


Vision 2025: Part 1: Need for moving from a wish list to a concrete plan

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.


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